Originally posted by LarryLove
For a member base that is wary of government and mainstream media, it is curious to know why many people have taken the comments made by the Obama
administration and other media outlets accusing Wikileaks of treason and having blood on its hands and reiterated them throughout the discussion
Thats actually really easy to understand if you understand how propaganda works.
If your goal is "discredit Wikileaks" you dont choose just ONE strategy for doing so. You target your audience based on their existing beliefs.
On FOX message boards, for instance, they will claim Wkileaks is a socialist, or liberal, terrorist, or whatever, organization attempting to make the
war look bad, and endangering troops, inconsequential etc. Because those people tend to already have the boogey man built up in their heads as being
On ATS, where paranoia runs high about the government, you discredit Wikileaks by inserting the meme that it is a front, or a trap, or something made
up by the PTB to capture or hurt people, and also that the info is endangering the troops or worthless. (Almost no one wants our troops harmed, its
sort of a catchall fear to manipulate) We bite, because we want to see conspiracy everywhere.
The bottom line goal remains the same, discredit Wikileaks, and erode trust. Thats one way you can tell by the various messages what the propaganda
line is, by asking yourself, "What is being communicated here that is consistent, no matter how superficially different?" The consistent message is,
"Wikileaks is harmful, and dangerous. And, what they are leaking is nothing important." That message is the same, no matter how they tailor the
Becoming immune to propaganda requires setting your beliefs aside and just looking at the evidence. In a cold, calculating and impassive way. If the
message is the same whether it is being sold to Fox Newsies or ATS'ers, odds are, its disinfo and propaganda. Which lends credibility to Wikileaks.
Of course not everyone wants to set aside their pet beliefs to do that. Thinking, rather than believing, requires effort.